River Dolphins are proficient swimmers! They’re ready to master more difficult and advanced skills. If your child can swim freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke across the pool, she’s ready to learn butterfly and flip turns. She’s ready to be a River Dolphin.
River Dolphins learn the following:
- Social Skills
Child is learning with other children by watching peers attempt skills and by politely sharing class time and space with them.
- Building Stroke Endurance
Child is building endurance of every stroke by swimming further distances. Child can recognize if they are tired and safely make it to the side or roll onto their back to breathe.
- Knowledge of Stroke Names
Child understands the competitive names of each stroke and how to respond to advanced level swim directions.
- Strength, Distance, and Safety Solutions
Child is building endurance by swimming the full length or more of the pool. Child can recognize if they are tired and safely make it to the side or roll onto their back to breathe.
- Dolphin Kicks
Child is learning how to move their body in a rolling movement for use in the butterfly stroke.
Child is learning how to rotate both arms simultaneously while performing dolphin kicks to put the butterfly sequence together. Child is incorporating a pop up style breath during each sequence.
- Flip Turns
Child is learning how to flip under the water and turn to continue swimming without stopping.
- Adding Flip Turns to Strokes
Child is learning how to use a flip turn while swimming laps of freestyle and backstroke continuously.
- Open Point Turns
Child understands how to turn at the end of a length by grabbing the wall with both hands and rotating one arm out in front of them. Child then pushes off the wall and begins appropriate stroke which includes either breaststroke or butterfly.
Child understands breaststroke and can correctly breathe and swim the stroke for a minimum of 2 laps.
Child understands freestyle and can correctly breathe and swim the stroke for a minimum of 2 laps.
Child understands backstroke and can swim the stroke for a minimum of 2 laps.
Child understand how to tread and either float or swim back to a safe spot when tired.
- Safety Jumps
Child jumps into the water, fully submerges, and swims safely back to the wall.
- Independence, Confidence, and Safety
Child’s comfort level is established and growing. They can recognize the safest ways to enter and exit the pool as well as respect the water.